Review – Philips Fidelio P8 Wireless Speakers
When we mention Philips perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is the company’s penchant for energy-saving light bulbs. But the company has unveiled a couple of wireless speakers- the P8 and the P9, and we have on hand the more affordable Fidelio P8 Wireless Speaker.
Despite being the more affordable version, the P8 is still wrapped inside aluminium chassis. It has a matte black exterior, and a sleek design, so it would fit in quite inconspicuously as a fixture in any house or office -in our case.
Philips gave it long, horizontal design that will sit pretty on any level surface, and it looks rather nice, with a kind of curved look that flaunt the speakers in front.
We found it very easy to operate and setup – there are four self-explanatory buttons on top of the P8, a power/standby button, a mute button, as well as volume up/down. Run your fingers across the buttons, and the speaker will light up, giving you an indication how much battery is left on the device, and whether or not it needs a charge. It is a nice touch to the speakers.
Speaking of charge, the speaker has a few ports, on the right there is a power socket, as well as an AUX input port, on the left you have a USB port that allow you to charge your devices. However, you can’t use the USB port to play music, the P8 prefers to work with Bluetooth.
We tested it with 220 Kbps tracks, and it sounded relatively well, but you have to be in front of the speaker to enjoy the full sound. Place the speaker on your right or left and you’ll quickly realise that only one of your ears is getting your tracks at full volume.
The P8 comes with a full range of woofer drivers and wOOx technologies, and Philips promised that these technologies will deliver deep bass. We don’t have too much qualms as far as audio quality is concerned. At full tilt, the P8 can likely get the party started whenever you are, and if want wear your parachute pants and use the P8 as a digital boombox, it works too.
The speakers have no qualms connecting to any device, we have managed to connect our speaker to just about anything in our inventory – a bunch of Android phones, our laptops and Apple iPad.
The Bluetooth connection is a little iffy though, sometimes phones can disconnect spontaneously without warning and reconnect again. Despite the 10 meter connectivity, we highly recommend that the your devices are kept close to the speaker.
The P8 is currently being retailed at RM899, and we would definitely recommend the speaker to anyone looking for a compact, sexy wireless speaker to add to the house. Philips built the P8 with user-friendliness in mind, and while serious audiophiles would balk at the idea of a wireless speaker, we must say the audio quality is above average, as long as you keep you and your friends in front of the P8